Multiple Title Attractions Feature On Azim vs Reyes Undercard
Adam Azim (7-0, 6 KOs) meets the reigning, unbeaten WBA Fedecentro champion Nicaragua’s Santos Reyes (12-0, 3 KOs) this Saturday, February 11 at London’s 10,000-capacity OVO Arena, Wembley. Limited tickets are still available through AXS but those not in attendance can watch the action unfold live on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom.
The preliminary action is expected to commence at 5:30 pm GMT live on the Sky Sports Boxing YouTube channel with the main card beginning two hours later at 8:00 pm GMT live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Arena. Accompanying Azim vs Reyes is a stacked card.
In a left-field matchup, English super middleweight champion Zak Chelli (12-1-1, 6 KOs) faces America’s Anthony Sims Jr. (23-1-0, 20 KOs) on the bill. Chelli was supposed to take on Lerrone Richards last November but Richards was forced to withdraw from the bout on the day.
Chelli hasn’t fought since a unanimous points victory over Germaine Brown in June. The Londoner has consistently proved his willingness to take tough matchups so it is no surprise that he faces a man with 20 KOs who was once touted as a world-beater.
Sims was signed with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing until a shock defeat to Roamer Alexis Angulo in early 2020. Sims has had three fights under the radar since and is trying to get back to the big fights, a win over Chelli could see him take his place in a Lerrone Richards bout.
The West Midlands’ Tyler Denny (15-2-3) will defend his English middleweight title against ‘The Newquay Bomb’ Brad Pauls (16-0) in a fight which doubles up as a British title eliminator. Pauls split with Kalle Sauerland’s Wasserman Boxing after his ten-round decision win over Ryan Kelly (16-3) in May.
Denny has gone 3-0-1 in four consecutive bouts on the road against opposition that were a combined 46-0-1, taking the unbeaten record of three prospects. A win here for Denny should see him finally earn a chance at the British Middleweight title which will be defended on April 15.
Internet sensation Viddal Riley (7-0) steps up against BOXXER series contestant Anees Taj (7-2) over eight rounds at cruiserweight. Taj doesn’t have a notable win and has suffered defeats to Adrian Valentin (2-0) and Ricky Reeves (2-0), but he will come with ambition.
Riley went 3-0 in 2022 in six-round contests and is hoping to move into title fights in the second half of 2023 but needs the right tests before taking that leap. A win over Taj should put Riley in line for a title fight that he hopes to have in the next six months.
2020 Olympian Caroline Dubois (5-0, 4 KOs) was supposed to face Argentina’s Yamila Belen Abellaneda on this bill but for undisclosed reasons, the opponent has now been changed to Feriche Mashaury (10-7). This isn’t the step-up fight they would’ve wanted for Dubois but it’s more rounds in the bank and with her high level of activity, she is still on track to be in contention for a world title by the end of 2023.
In a clash of unbeaten heavyweights, Jeamie TKV (3-0) and Harry Armstrong (5-0-1) meet over eight rounds. Armstrong having never won by stoppage as a heavyweight is not particularly encouraging but neither has really fought notable opponents so such a clash may be intriguing for as long as it lasts.
Adam’s older brother Hassan Azim (5-0, 2 KOs) faces Abdallah Luanja (15-9-2), Luton’s Jordan Reynolds (4-0, 1 KO) is back in action against Mohamed Cherif Benchadi (4-20-2), featherweight prospect Razor Ali (6-0) takes on Hector Avila Lozano (1-1) and Stephen McKenna (12-0, 11 KOs) returns to the ring.
Azim vs Reyes – Sat, Feb 11 – OVO Arena Wembley, – Live on Sky Sports